Have you ever had the back to work blues? You know, you had some time off, maybe a long weekend, or maybe some vacation time with the family and you just had a relaxing and rewarding time off, and then the fun ended and it was time to go back to work. But you just were not ready for what was ahead. You wanted some more time off! What you experienced was the back to work blues.
John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
The Feast of the Tabernacles was wrapping up and the people would soon have to return to work. This feast ran from one Sabbath to the next Sabbath in Late Summer or early Fall. It was a time of celebration, dancing, music and worship. Jewish people from all around gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Harvest, to give thanks To God and to worship Him.
Each day during the feast, a priest would take his golden pitcher and dip it into the pool of Siloam. Then as he proceeded to the alter, the sound of trumpets would echo through the streets. When the priest reached the alter, he would pour the water into a basin or tube and the water would drain to the base of the alter. This was a ceremony to give thanks to God for the rain that produced the harvest and a prayer for rain for next year’s harvest. It was also a time to remember when God gave water from the rock in the wilderness.
It was against this back drop where Bible scholars believe Jesus spoke these words in John chapter seven. If anyone thirst let him come to me and drink and out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. The people in that day didn’t quite understand what Jesus was talking about. They may have been like the lady at the well who wanted the water so she would never have to draw from the well again. But when John wrote his gospel, he knew exactly what Jesus was talking about, for he wrote, Jesus spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Today, when you become born again, when you accept Jesus Christ into your life, when you become a Christian the Holy Spirit comes into your life your life is made new and He begins to form and fashion you into the image of Jesus Christ. Not only is your life changed by the Holy Spirit He is also there as your comforter, your teacher and your guide. Your life is filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, and as Psalms 23 says your cup runs over. As it says in Ephesians, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. So the Bible says quench not the Holy Spirit for He is there to give you joy unspeakable. He is there to lead and guide you in every area of your life, but He doesn’t just fill your cup, He doesn’t just fill your life, he over flows in your life so that you can be a blessing to others and a light unto the world.
I don’t know if Jesus had the back to work blues in mind when He stood before the crowd on that last day of the feast, but the two situations are much alike. So does the back to work blues have you down? Does the daily grind, the daily pressures of everyday life seem insurmountable? The Holy Spirit is there to lead you, to guide you, to see you through whatever storm you may be facing, and even more than that, He is there to be a blessing through you even while you are in the storm. Beat back the back to work blues, quench not the Holy Spirit and let rivers of living water flow from your life.